Chairman of Western States Security Network, popularly known as Amotekun in Oyo State, Gen. Kunle Togun (rtd) has revealed that most commercial motorcyclists a.k.a Okada doing business in the state are working for kidnappers and bandits that have invaded the Yoruba land.
This is coming days after the governor of the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde had also raised alarm that terrorists and bandits from Mali and other countries in the West African region are entering the state through a border in Saki.
However, Togun while addressing newsmen on Monday, January 18th, 2021 in Ibadan, said; “Before Amotekun was established, the problem of Yorubaland since the invasion of the land by these herdsmen has been our traditional chiefs and leaders in Yorubaland, they take money, cows and cars from these people, and allow them to settle and wreak havoc in their domains.”
“I have attended meetings of Obas in Oke-Ogun and I told them to stop giving lands to foreigners, these herdsmen are called Bororos in Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa areas, they are not Nigerians, what is happening should not be analysed in the area of religion, it is territorial expansion.”
“Their leaders argue about the ECOWAS Free Movement law, but the one I am aware of is that anybody from ECOWAS country can go into another ECOWAS country without a visa but you cannot stay there for more than ninety days at a stretch, some of these people have been occupying our land for years and they are not Nigerians.”
“Most of them that were dumped here by trailers during the Covid-19 lockdown have turned to Okada riders, many are carrying wheelbarrows all over the place, selling carrots, orange and the rest, the Okada riders are their spies, we have noted that and we are working on government policy that will curtail the use of these people to foment crisis in Oyo State and the Yorubaland as a whole.”
“Nigerians are the most security unconscious people in the world. Even the neighbouring Benin Republic has a database and is more secure because security is supposed to be everybody’s business.”
“Those that expected Amotekun to fail in Oyo State should be ashamed as Amotekun will continue to be the pride of all Yoruba people at home and in the diaspora. I urge the people of the State to continue to put their trust and support in Amotekun.”